Unlike the cheesy Young Adult novels that revolve around a love triangle, Conspiracy of Angels starts off with a bang. The main character, Zack Westland, wakes up on the shores of Lake Erie with amnesia. As the story progresses, he discovers that he’s part of a tribe of angels and it is up to him to stop another war between the clans from starting.
Although all of this sounds very cliché, Belanger makes it work. She deftly avoids stereotypes and peppers her novel with characters that will keep you glued to the pages. For example, Zack Westland is more concerned about discovering his past and trying to decipher his psychic experiences than falling in love. There’s also a fascinating twist about how immortal angels are able to inhabit human bodies while retaining their ability for living eternally.
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While fanged immortal bloodsuckers only exist in television and movies, there’s a group of people who call themselves “psychic vampires” because they borrow the energy of others and are often skilled psychics as well. In Michelle Belanger’s The Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work, she guides her readers through the modern-day vampire subculture and explains how a normal person who needs to borrow the energy of humans because their body can’t or won’t generate the amount they need to feel healthy and happy often resonates with the myths of the blood-sucking undead.
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While many people would likely write occult author Michelle Belanger off for being “too weird,” whether it was due to her penchant for Goth clothing or her label of “psychic vampire,” but they are doing themselves a disservice because she is one of the best writers in the occult/paranormal genre.
Those with a sharp eye will remember her guest starring on quite a few episodes of the controversial ghost-hunting show Paranormal State, which was cancelled by A&E after only a few seasons. However, unlike many television psychics, Belanger not only “walks the walk” but she “talks the talk” too!
Take her book the Dictionary of Demons: Names of the Damned. Belanger’s love for history and research allows readers to flip through the most complete list of “demonic names” that were taken from both notorious and obscure sources in the Western magical tradition. There are also some short articles on demonology as well, which helps strip away some of the “forbidden” aspect to this particular genre of the occult.
Belanger also seeks to help believers in the paranormal with her Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide. Whether you believe in things that go bump in the night, this book is chock-full of essential tips and tricks. These include: how to ward and shield yourself from nasty energies, protecting dreams, and even how all of the aforementioned methods work on a psychological level too, which should satisfy all of the skeptics out there.
Meanwhile, Haunting Experiences: Encounters with the Otherworldly allows Belanger to recount her own dealings with beings that reside beyond the grave. From a haunted violin to hellhounds, her insightful commentary will delight readers and send a chill down your spine.
Even for skeptics, Belanger’s masterful research and engaging writing style makes her one of the best authors in the occult genre and places her miles above the fluff-ridden books that Llewellyn publishes year after year!
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